Beware of tanning beds!
The risk of skin cancer jumps by 75% if you start using tanning beds before you’re 35 years old. This is the finding of a new analysis of twenty studies published in the medical journal Lancet Oncology in July, 2009 and from recent FDA reports. The Lancet report stems from research by experts at the International Agency for Research on Cancer in France, the cancer arm of the World Health Organization.
Sun lamps give off ultraviolet-A (UVA) radiation which experts say is as harmful as arsenic and mustard gas. Similar to tobacco and hepatitis-B, exposing yourself to the ultraviolet radiation of a tanning booth or bed is a definite cause of skin cancer. Almost 8,000 people will die this year in the United States from skin cancer, and 1,000 in Canada.
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